What's the Deal with Activated Charcoal?

Currently trending in the soap world is the addition of activated charcoal to the natural or commercial soap base.  Activated charcoal has many uses in medicine and skin care, but more and more soapers use the ingredient for its health and beauty attributes, especially its ability to lessen the effects of oily skin and acne.

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is made from wood, coconut husks, and other traditional forms of burnt coal.  When it is activated, the material is superheated to expand the surface area of the fine ash grains so that their absorptive power is expanded in relationship to their size.  This is important because food grade charcoal (activated charcoal) is used to absorb toxins both internally and externally.  Activated charcoal is effective at absorbing certain poisons, and it can also be used in air purifiers to pull toxins out of the air people breathe in their homes and offices.  Topically, it can remove toxins, like dirt and bacteria, from the hair follicles and pores.

Why Use It In Soap?

Activated charcoal is an excellent additive for soap.  Taking a natural cleansing agent and adding to it the oil absorbency power of activated charcoal makes for a super skin purifier.  For example, if you take a small amount of activated charcoal, add it to a cap full of your regular shampoo, and rub it into your scalp during your shower, you can help your body eliminate excess oils in the hair, giving your hair bigger body and shine.  It’s messy, but it works (although if you have blonde or dirty blonde hair, you should test it out to make sure it won't stain your hair). If it’s in a bar of soap, this becomes an easier element to use on the skin.  For oily, acne-prone skin, the activated charcoal will pull excess dirt and oil from the pores and leave the skin healthier.  Activated charcoal soap is an excellent soap for teenagers and adults who have acne problems or excessive oil in their skin and hair.  Removing this excess oil and dirt generally provides users like yourself more confidence because your skin will appear cleaner and blemish-free.

How Does Whole Life Soap’s Activated Charcoal Bar Compare To A Popular Brand?

So, who makes the best activated charcoal soap for the price?  The trendy, hip beauty store Lush sells a brand of activated charcoal soap called Coal Face, which retails for $7.97 USD and weighs 3.5 ounces.  It contains rosewood oil, licorice root extract, charcoal powder, coconut oil, and rapeseed oil.  These are healthy and lovely ingredients.  But their soap also contains sodium lauryl sulfate (foaming agent), sorbitol (humectant), EDTA/Tetrasodium Editronate (prevents color/fragrance changes).  I consider these ingredients to be not so lovely.

At Whole Life Soaps, we use the following ingredients in our activated charcoal soap: coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, and castor oil, activated charcoal, and green tea extract. Our natural oils provide a rich creamy lather.  The castor oil and shea butter provide the humectant qualities for the skin.  As for color and fragrance changes, well, since we are a handmade product, each batch is unique, which is how soap should be in our view.  By the way, we retail our 5 ounce bars at $7.00, so you are also getting more bang for your buck.

We’d love you to try our soap and realize ours really is the best.  Please visit our online shop to buy one today for yourself or as a gift fro someone else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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